Homestead – Oil Painting


Plein Air Oil Landscape Painting    9 x 12 inches      See Pricing

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Right after I painted the preserve piece in the previous post last October, I packed up my supplies and headed farther south looking for another site to paint. It was nearly noon, not usually my favorite time to paint because the overhead sun creates a “flat” look. Plus a storm was rolling in. But I noticed this little white house with purplish-blue shadows falling across it in a huge field of gold. The perfect complimentary color scheme: yellow and purple. I set up and painted quickly and finished up just as the first drops started falling.

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This artwork was created on: Linen Panel
Medium: Royal Talens Cobra Water Mixable Oil Paints and Holbein Duo Aqua Water Soluble Oil

Pittsfield Preserve – Oil Painting


Oil Plein Air Landscape Painting    12 x 9 inches      See Pricing

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Late in October I painted one of my last plein air paintings of the year at a land preserve near my home. The corn fields were brown and crackly and the grass was sparse. Some artists might not find this time of year as picturesque as spring and summer, but I love the muted colors and prickly textures of late fall.

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This artwork was created on: Linen Panel
Medium: Royal Talens Cobra Water Mixable Oil Paints and Holbein Duo Aqua Water Soluble Oil

 

MidSummer Dream – Pastel Painting


Pastel waterscape painting    16 inches x 12 inches
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Wintertime is studio time for me. I use reference photos to work on larger landscape paintings, and try to infuse them with the knowledge I’ve accumulated painting out in the field.


This artwork was created with:
Paper: Kitty Wallis Warm Belgian Mist Paper
Medium: Rembrandt Pastels
and Sennelier Pastels

Creating a Smaller Pastel Plein Air Box

When I first started working en plein air in pastel, I purchased a medium Heilman pastel box (above.). It’s well-made, sturdy and has served me well. But at 12.5″ x 16″ folded, and 25″ x 16″ flat, it’s quite large and very heavy when fully loaded. Twelve extra pounds is a lot when I also have an easel, umbrella, boards, solvents, brushes, water, visor, etc. to carry while I’m looking for an inspiring view. To be honest, when I first started out I thought I needed EVERY SINGLE color of pastel available. We pastelists can’t just mix up a color like oil painters do. I think having all those sticks made me feel “safer” out in the field. God forbid I would be missing one hue. The whole painting would tank!

With 6 years of working outdoors under my belt, I have decided to downsize my plein air kit. I’ve realized that creating a successful painting isn’t about having the perfect color on hand. It’s more about using the correct value. If my values are correct, the color I use can be off and still read perfectly well. In fact, sometimes I push the color using a stick I might not have considered before, as long as it’s in the right value range. Plus, if the exact color is really important, I can always achieve it by layering my pastels.

So recently I pulled out an old Dakota Pastels box (above) that I was given years ago. I loaded it up with my new Sennelier Seaside set of 30 half-pastels and supplemented them with more Senneliers and some of the thousands of other sticks I’ve accumulated over the years. I was careful to include a balanced range of values and both hard and soft options, but I’m sure I’ll have to adjust the selection as I start using it in the field. At 10.5″ x 11″ folded and 21″ x 11″ flat, I think this box will be much more manageable.

I also invested in a Mini Field Easel (on sale at Dakota for $85!!) with arms which support and lock on the opened plein air box. My Heilman set up balanced on a tripod which always felt a little precarious to me. Looking forward to testing this new set up around Michigan before I cart it out to San Diego for the Plein Air Convention. I’ll let you know if end up reverting to my old ways…  ;o)


Photo from www.DakotaPastels.com

 

Evening Fire – Pastel Painting


Pastel landscape painting    12 inches x 18 inches
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Sundown.


This artwork was created with:
Paper: Kitty Wallis Warm Belgian Mist Paper
Medium: Rembrandt Pastels
and Sennelier Pastels

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